NE ON Leader
Southwest Ontario Canada
Chatham-Kent, London, and surrounding cities and towns in Western Ontario towards Windsor
Hi! I'm Juliana and I'm 16 years old and in grade 11. I live outside a small town in Southern Ontario. I was diagnosed at age 10 when my mum took me in to my Chiropractor because she thought I looked a little crooked. I was seeing my chiropractor until the beginning of 2017 when my pain increased so much that I couldn't get out of bed most days. I started going to physiotherapy and massage, as well as continuing going to my chiropractor. I also was told to go back to swimming as it is good for my back. Before I was diagnosed I had never heard of Scoliosis, so I had no idea what it was.
I found out about Curvy Girls from some of my online friends who have scoliosis and through Curvy Girls I got to meet girls in my community who are going through the same thing as me. I want to be a leader so that I can help girls just like me in my community.
I enjoy playing soccer, singing, meeting new friends, and reading. I'm will be attending University to become a teacher.
Hi, my name is Lauren. I am in 13 years old and in grade 8. I live in a small town in Ontario. I enjoy horseback riding, reading and listening to music. I found out I had scoliosis last year when my mom saw that the back of my shirt was catching on a lump on my back. I got an x-ray and the doctor sent us to a hospital 2 hours away where I was diagnosed with AIS-Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. My curves were about 60 degrees thoracic and 55 lumbar. I had spinal fusion surgery on October 19, 2016. I was a little scared as it got closer even though I trusted the doctors and nurses. I went back to school in January. I will hopefully be able to go back to horseback riding soon.
I hope that as a Leader I can help girls going into surgery not be so scared about it and just give advice and answer questions like the girls and Leaders helped me.
York, Peel, Halton, and Durham regions and surrounding cities/towns outside of Toronto
Hi everyone, my name is Maddie and I am 13 years old. I live in the Upper Beaches in Toronto Ontario and I will be starting Grade 8 in the fall. I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was 10 years old by my family doctor as she knew that I was at risk of scoliosis due to the genetic condition I was born with. As soon as my doctor noticed a slight curve, she referred me to SickKids to get fitted for a back brace. Getting a brace seemed really hard as I knew it would change a lot of things in my life like my clothes, how much food I could eat, and basic activities during the day. I told my mum about my worries or concerns but she sometimes didn’t know the answers or how to help me. That’s when Curvy Girls came into my life. I joined Curvy Girls before I got my first brace which helped me so much. Between the time I was diagnosed and started wearing my brace, my curve progressed from 20 degrees to 27 degrees within a few months. I started wearing my brace for 1 hour a day and progressed quickly up to the required 20-22 hours a day. Hard to believe but I am now already on my third brace and have learned so many great tips and tricks along the way! I am a very positive person and have had to overcome many challenges in my life outside of my scoliosis so I try to stay happy even during tough times. I enjoy school and hanging out with my friends but my two favourite things to do are baking and swimming. Swimming is something I really love to do and it keeps me active while helping with my scoliosis.
I want to be able to help other girls that are going through the same thing as me. I was very grateful to have found out about Curvy Girls when I was first diagnosed and feeling scared and alone. I want to support other girls with scoliosis to let them know it will be okay and not as bad as they may think. I have lots of knowledge to share that helped me in terms of clothing, exercise, staying cool in summer, and going to school and camp. I want to make the group fun for everyone and a place that they can talk about their feelings with people who understand. Looking forward to meeting all the Curvy Girls in Toronto.